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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBrad Leblanc Date: Mar 28, 2005 11:55pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Normalize all tracks?

I'm not sure if Nero has this capability; I know Feurio does

Nuggets mentioned a choice of RMS or Maximum. So, Maximum should be the "Peak" normalization that you occasionally see on source notes to boost/drop levels a little. Might want to double check though...

The only benefit is if the original source level is very low (perhaps -6 to -10 dB peak levels) and the maximum volume is not sufficiently loud, which may occur with a portable player due to low output power or inefficient headphones.

If the levels clip before doing this, there's also a benefit of performing a Peak Normalize (down) to reduce the transient attacks on your audio equipment. However, I'm a firm believer that this should be done to the seed, not to your discs before trading.

Regardless of whether recipients like the sound or not, you *should not* modify the audio before trading. Especially if you are unsure of what your processing has done.

This post was modified by Brad Leblanc on 2005-03-29 07:55:50

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Poster: tHiNkBoNe Date: Mar 29, 2005 12:21am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Normalize all tracks?

I'm not sure if you've had a satisfactory response to your original enquiry, but just in case you didn't here is my recomjmendation. The best algorithm for normalizing a collection of tracks is known as ReplayGain (http://www.replaygain.org/). It is gaining popularity in many media players. There are several ways in which you may apply the ReplayGain algorithm to audio media. If you have .wav files, the best tool is called WaveGain (http://homepage.ntlworld.com/jfe1205/Others/). In addition if you wish to normalize an arbitrary collection of media files prior to burning them to Audio-CD I highly recommend Burrrn, which uses WaveGain. If your media is MP3, the best tool to use is MP3Gain (http://mp3gain.sourceforge.net/).

Both of these tools make changes to the media itself. A 3rd alternative, which is suitable for MP3 media is the foobar media player (www.foobar2000.org), which has the ability to scan a collection of media files, calculate the appropriate ReplayGain information and store the information in ID3 tags only. The playback compoonent then uses the ID3 tag information to dynamically adjust the gain at the preamp, to achieve normalization with no prior modification of the audio data.

There are other tools that implement ReplayGain for FLAC, OGG and other media formats but I am less familiar with those. I hope this is useful info for you.

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Poster: Nuggets Date: Mar 29, 2005 12:01am
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Normalize all tracks?

I do kind of agree I should not really trade these discs and if I do I will warn people. To be honest I have only traded a couple of times via mail. I don’t trade too much because we have great site like this one. I like the way it sounds so I guess I will continue to do it but maybe I will tinker with some stuff a little more to get it just right.

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